With an abundance of innovative cloth diapering products available today, using cloth diapers is easier than ever! It's the healthiest choice you can make for both baby and the environment, and an extra special way to nurture and care for your little one. For those new to the world of cloth diapering, below are some basics to help get you started. With a little experience, you'll be a cloth diapering pro in no time!
Traditionally, Flat diapers were large pieces of thin, flat cloth requiring much folding to gain thickness for absorbency. Not anymore! Today's Flat diapers consist of two layers of absorbent fabric, sized smaller so only minimal folding is needed. Benefits? Fold any way you want-no center seams or padding to limit folding options. Versatile and quick-drying due to their simple construction.
Fitted diapers are similar to contour-shaped diapers, but with a wider panel of padding that provides more coverage and absorbency-and convenient, elasticized leg openings that help contain runny messes, keeping covers cleaner longer. Fitted diapers are especially great for newborns and breast-fed babies. (Note: Many fitted diapers are very full-cut in the sides and bottom and can be too bulky to fit inside some brands of covers. If you're interested in a particular fitted diaper, make sure they'll be a good match for your cover choice. Our own fitted Snugglebottoms are designed to be trim-fitting and work well in all our cover styles if used in the appropriate diaper and cover size combinations.) To achieve the best fit for any diaper and cover combination, the size of the diaper and weight range of the cover should be well-matched.
By combining the diaper and cover together, All-in-One cloth diapers can offer nearly the convenience of disposables, and are a great choice when you need cloth diapering to be the simplest imaginable task. As diaper and cover are all one unit, they'll need to be laundered after a single use, unlike separate diaper covers that can be re-used several times before washing. (Adding a Diaper Doubler or Insert may allow for more than one use if wetting is light.) And as the outer fabric of the All-in-One is designed to be sturdier (it has to hold up to being washed along with the diaper inside), All-in-Ones cannot be very breathable. However, they offer tremendous benefits in particular situations. They're great for the babysitter or helpers reluctant to use regular cloth diapers, and All-in-Ones are helpful anytime you need diaper changing to be just a little easier-for outings, traveling, or even those middle of the night diaper changes in the dark.
Pocket diapers offer a unique diapering system that's particularly helpful for those having difficulty keeping baby dry during long stretches or at night. Pocket diapers are usually made of a waterproof poly outer fabric, and lined on the inside with a very soft poly fleece material. The pocket that's formed between the inner and outer fabric is designed to hold a Cotton Prefold diaper (folded in thirds) or a Diaper Insert to provide the absorbency needed to complete the system. The poly fleece material is intended to be next to baby's skin where it can draw moisture away, leaving baby drier. As the outer waterproof cover is not breathable and baby's skin rests next to a synthetic material, this system is best for occasional use when it's hardest to keep baby dry, like long naptimes or nighttime diapering.
Made of several layers of fabric, these handy diaper pads are used in addition to regular diapers for extra absorbency without the bulk of a second diaper. Recommended for naps, nighttime, or heavy wetters. Diaper Doublers are also useful for outings or whenever you may need to go longer between diaper changes.
Consisting of only one layer and made of flushable paper or washable fabric, a diaper liner is placed over the inside of the diaper to protect it from the soiling, making diaper cleaning easier. Washable fabric liners made of poly fleece have the added benefit of drawing moisture away from the skin, keeping baby drier during long naps or nighttime.
Velcro Diaper Covers
Velcro Diaper Covers are used over cloth diapers to protect clothing from wetness. They conveniently wrap around baby and close with adjustable Velcro, offering a custom fit and eliminating the need for pins, snaps, or Velcro closures on the diapers. Some cover styles now have snap closures as an alternative to Velcro, but Velcro closures will allow for a quicker change and a more precise fit.
Pull-On Diaper Covers
Pull-On Diaper Covers/Pants are used over cloth diapers to protect clothing from wetness. This style of cover pulls up rather than wraps around baby. Pull-On covers tend to have a roomy fit. Youll need diaper pins, a diaper fastener, or Velcro-closing diapers when using this type of cover, as they're not snug enough around the tummy to hold the diaper in place.
More diapering questions?
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Pages you may also want to visit: Why Use Cloth Diapers, Art of Diapering, Nikky Diaper Covers